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CFO Jeff Atwater’s Office to Host Operation SAFE Workshop in Lake Worth ~Operation SAFE Workshops educate seniors about financial fraud~

9/17/2015

Contact:  Ashley Carr
(850) 413-2842

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced that the Department of Financial Services will host a free financial safety workshop next Tuesday, September 22nd,  in Lake Worth. Operation S.A.F.E. or Stop Adult Financial Exploitation workshops teach seniors, their families and caregivers how to spot a scam, how scams work and the steps they can take to protect themselves.
 
Tuesday, September 22nd - Lake Worth
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lantana Public Library
4020 Lantana Road
Lake Worth, Florida 33462

These workshops are hosted as part of CFO Atwater’s ‘On Guard for Seniors’ initiative,  launched in 2012 to educate seniors about financial topics such as annuities, identity theft, reverse mortgages and long-term care insurance. The workshop will focus on frauds and scams, such as fake lotteries and repair scams, and how these scams work on the psyche to convince seniors to take a chance on something that is too good to be true.

Since 2012, the Department has hosted 75 workshops across Florida, and educated nearly 70,000 seniors about financial planning and protections.

For information on this or other workshops throughout the state, visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com/SAFE or contact the Division of Consumer Services toll-free at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236). Registration is encouraged but not required.

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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government; reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses and providing transparency and accountability in state spending.